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Common Core standards won’t help our students
Common Core state standards: You either love them or hate them. Personally, I hate them.
The federal government has no business interfering in individual states’ education policy. Amendment 14 to the Constitution exempts education from federal interference and places it on the shoulders of each individual state. Common Core is a revised set of English/language arts and math standards, but it also involves revised curriculum.
The standards are neither research- nor experience-based and were designed in secret by private special-interest groups, not by educators. Dr Stotsky, who worked on the English standards refused to sign off on them, stating that they were not strong enough and were below many states’ existing standards. Likewise, in math, Dr. Milligram refused to sign off for the same reason. Revised math curriculum will preclude students from entering advanced algebra and calculus until college — goodbye, engineering majors. You think America is behind the rest of the western world? Wait until we have a generation of kids who don’t even know to add properly. This will adversely affect college entrance exams, unless they dumb those down also.
You think there is too much testing in schools now? Wait until you get the PARCC testing that the Colorado Department of Education wants to load you down with.  
Are you all happy that our education standards and our kids are being dumbed down to serve special-interest groups that stand to make billions of dollars over time out of this debacle of our schools? Bill Gates has stuck his nose in and is pouring millions of dollars into CCSS.
Full implementation will cost each school district millions of dollars over a five-year period to implement. Where will this money come from? Certainly not from school districts’ budget excess. It will come from you and me in the form of yet another tax increase.
Don’t take this silently. Join me on the steps of the Capitol in downtown Denver on Saturday, April 5, at noon to send a message to our legislators who let this in.
Maureen Sielaff